Happy to say, we picked up the RV in Houston from our friends at American Greenfuels after the always amazing Rethinking Everything Conference. Bud runs through the new “veg” system and we are on our way back through DFW for one last hurrah with friends. Oh, and let me just say, the new “veg” system rocks! We have driven up from Houston to DFW on veg and have since made our way to Amarillo, TX almost entirely on “veg”. I will post soon entirely on how this system works with pictures for those interested.
We had such a great time at the conference connecting with old friends and making so many new friends along the way. In fact, it was so great, we hosted a pot luck gathering at our campsite in Lewisville, TX after coming back up to reconnect one last time with many of these individuals. It was such a great reminder of how many truly great friends we have in the DFW area.
We ended up spending a few extra days in Lewisville as we really sparked a connection with the Cameron family from British Columbia, Canada. Sadie and their daughter Iris became inseparable during our stay and Elijah and Simon were so similar in their mannerisms it was really quite amazing to behold.
Sadie and Iris making acorn stew:
We eventually parted ways as they were heading to the eastern coast of the US and we are making our way out to the west coast. Unfortunately, we then realized we had a leak or “leaks” of sorts that needed to be addressed. The first thing we found (much thanks to Joseph Duchene) was an engine oil leak. Joe identified a loose bolt on the oil pan and we tightened that bad boy up. Then I noticed we still had another leak in action, and it was leaking both Diesel fuel or veg oil depending on what we were running at the time. After a few days of me being unable to pinpoint the leak, we brough it to Abel Fuels in Lewisville. These guys were excellent. They provided a 30 amp hookup to our RV while there and Paul let me look over his shoulder the whole time as he diagnosed and fixed the problem. It turns out one of the fuel lines was leaking and needed to be replaced. A few hundred $$$ later we were back in business!
We headed northwest towards Amarillo, TX and stayed in a town called Canyon, TX. Our initial plan was to head to Denver,CO but after looking at current temps, we decided to head west through New Mexico on our way to CA. While staying here in Canyon, TX, we knew we just had to explore Palo Duro Canyon (which happens to be the 2nd largest Canyon in the US), and so we did. Here are a few shots we took on our 6 mile trek up into the highest part of the canyon:
Ironically, as we headed west and stopped over in Albuquerque, NM, we came to find out that our good friends the Wagner’s (Justin, Tara, and Zeb) were staying just outside of town as well. We connected again for a few days and we are now lodged up in Leisure Mountain RV Park just outside of Albuquerque, NM until tomorrow when we plan to make our way towards the Four Corners Monument. Since it is the only place in the country where one can essentially be in 4 different states at the same time, we thought it might be cool to swing through on our way out to southwestern Utah.
With a little help from Justin, I replaced the two starting batteries for the RV as they apparently have reached the end of their useful life. On top of that, we hope to be filling up on “veg oil” in the morning as we trek out.
Updates from the next leg of the adventure to follow……